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Video: Dancers from Nederland Dans perform “Shutters Shut” to a recording of Gertrude Stein’s poem, “If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso.”

The best part of my week was seeing this piece performed last night at the City Center which is hosting the Fall For Dance festival. Thank you turnabout for sharing a ticket with me!

The video can’t really capture the event - the speed and precision is lost - but it’s enough to show the sound/dance/text relationship at the core of the piece which was described in the program as a “study” of Stein’s poem. That relationship between performance and documentation will never not be complicated; my friend says - and I agree with him - that event lives on as performative text. Creating a performance based on a poem then performing to a recorded reading seems like a really smart engagement with the performance-document-text problem. Not to get super formalist but I appreciated it was not a literal representation of Stein’s poem but a rigorous investigation of what it would mean to use the properties of dance to interrogate language. In just over a minute, a number of temporalities are brought together: the recording of Stein’s voice, the present-ness of the event, the repetition of movement, the premiere date of the piece listed in the program at 2003. The Picasso touches - the shallow performance space as a complement to Cubist space, the black and white costumes - were restrained and evidence that someone did their research. The dancers’ movements were crisp and I loved the way their bodies jutted into, sliced across, space. If the piece began as an illustration of the poem (which I’m not sure it did) it was their movement that transformed Stein’s voice into a metronome. I’m pretty sure I didn’t inhale once during the entire time they were dancing.

What she said. It was really cool.

BEFORE Pina Bausch, a German choreographer, died in 2009, she had planned to stage ten of her works in London as part of the city’s Olympic celebrations. The programme was casually discussed over dinner with Alistair Spalding, artistic director of Sadler’s Wells, but the prospect was daunting. Bausch’s productions tend to be technical feats, filling stages with tonnes of soil, litres of water—or chickens or sheep. “Putting one Pina show on is enough,” laughs Mr Spalding. “Putting on ten is stupid.” But Bausch’s untimely death made the programme seem a fitting tribute, and a way for the company she originated, the Tanztheater Wuppertal in Germany, to find their steps without her.

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Tap, Ball Tap, Hop, Shuffle, Tap!

National Tap Dance Day is celebrated every year on May 25th, which is the birthday of American Tap Dancer and actor, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Poston, Arizona. A young evacuee of Japanese ancestry entertains her fellow evacuees with a demonstration of her tap dancing ability. This was one number in an outdoor musical show.

Francis Stewart, photographer.  From the Central Photographic File of the War Relocation Authority


Gene Kelly in An American in Paris (1951, dir. Vincente Minnelli) Art director Preston Ames designed the set in the style of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s painting Chocolat Dancing In Bar Darchille.



Bob Fosse performs ‘From This Moment On’ Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Perhaps one of the greatest and historic pieces of American Dance:

Near the end of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate comes ‘From This Moment On’ - a song that has since become a true standard.  Three dancers choreographed their featured parts.  Mr. Fosse’s starts at around 2:30 - but, watch the entire thing for context.  Enjoy the first major film where Bob Fosse’s choreography appears - performed by the master himself!

This thirty second bit is sleek, stark, sexy - Fosse at eleven.  New, rich and exciting - you can tell just by this clip - change’s gonna come…

[ed:  before youtube we used to have to actually collect hard-copies of these clips.  i’m proud to say this is one of those RECords I’ve played for friends again-and-again… for years.  its a pleasure to finally find on youtube.]

The definition of fierce.

(via theramblingfangirl)

Grant money for dance is flowing through the Joyce Theater. The Joyce said on Friday that it would allot $625,000 toward helping 10 choreographers — and possibly more — work on projects. Six will be given partners from the world of theater — directors or dramaturges — to help them “embrace new methods of creating work by introducing them to the theater model in which projects go through multiple workshops,” the Joyce said. The Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation are giving the grants.

The dance-theater pairs are Monica Bill Barnes and Pam MacKinnon, Alexandra Beller and Katherine Profeta, Nora Chipaumire and Doris Mirescu, Doug Elkins and Anne Kauffman, Mark Lonergan and Kirsten Bowen, and Gesel Mason and Morgan Jenness. Four other choreographers, Wally Cardona, Jessica Lang, Pam Tanowitz and Kate Weare, are being given space, staff workers, advice and $25,000 to create new works.

Very cool. It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this.

In this new dance adaptation of William Golding’s classic book, the action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to create their own rules and to build their own civilization. As time passes, the rituals become more disturbing as dark superstitions take hold. Order finally breaks down and blood is spilt as Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys grapple with the “beast within” and the story builds to its climax.